Pune experienced light pre-monsoon shower on Monday evening with the Met department recording 1.5 mm of rainfall in Shivajinagar till 5.30 pm.
Though it was a welcome relief from the scorching heat,the maximum temperatures continued to hover around 38.9 degree Celsius with the minimum at 21 degrees. Met department said the city would continue to witness light showers till April 21.
This is a usual phenomenon in April,but this year the shower came in a week earlier. Last year,the pre-monsoon thundershowers were recorded on April 25, said Sunita Devi,director weather central of India Meteorological Department,Pune.
Attributing the thunderstorm activity in north Karnataka and in the Marathwada regions to the moisture incursion towards Pune,she said it was a local development or a pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity.
She further added that they had also received information about hailstorm from some places.
The anti-cyclones were causing high pressure in Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal,giving in a lot of moisture incursion and heating up the land surface and thus resulting in pre-monsoon thundershowers. Since there is moisure incursion from both the sides,there is land heating and this is normally observed in April,although this year,it has been a bit earlier. She said Pune would continue to witness light showers till April 21.